Why we're here:
This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

If you use equipment to receive or record live broadcast television programmes then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

Friday, 19 December 2014

TV Licensing Laid Bare: New Edition Coming Soon for 2015

A small TV Licensing Blog housekeeping announcement: The latest edition of our free ebook, TV Licensing Laid Bare, will be published on 1st January 2015.

The 2015 edition, which has been proofread and approved by our noble colleague TheJesusofKayaking (the BBC's most favourite kayaking enthusiast in the whole wide world), contains more than 60 pages jam packed with advice about what the licence fee is, how it works and how it is enforced.

Don't forget to snap up your copy on 1st January 2015. It's totally free and there's no catch at all. We just hope you find reading it as enjoyable as we did writing it!

Bracknell TV Licensing Goon Behaving Badly

A couple of days ago our attention was drawn to a new video apparently showing a TV Licensing goon behaving badly during his visit to a legally-licence-free property.

We believe the visit took place at a property in the Bracknell (RG12) post code area on Tuesday, 16th December 2014.

At first we were not totally convinced about this goon's credentials. It even passed through our minds that he might be an imposter rather than a bone fide Capita employed thug. Having studied the uncensored video carefully, we are now of the opinion that he really is from TV Licensing.

In all the years we've been doing this we have never seen a goon behaving as attrociously as this repugnant specimen. This goon sets an all time low for TV Licensing, which is no mean feat given the extremely dubious conduct of some of his colleagues. 

Understandably, we are very keen to identify this goon and it is only a matter of time before we do. In the meantime the BBC and TV Licensing, who are reading this post, might like to warn this goon that we're on his case.

For reference, the goon's exchange with the legal occupier is transcribed below:
Occupier: Can I see some ID please?

Goon: Yep. There you go.

[The goon flashes his ID card momentarily towards the legal occupier]

Goon: You see it? That's it.

[The goon snatches the ID card away when the occupier attempts to study the details more closely]

Goon: Don't touch it please, thank you. Just like I won't touch your stuff, don't touch mine please. That's not right.

Occupier: Who are you? What's your name please. Identify yourself.

Goon: I'm from TV Licensing. I understand that you live here. This is [reads out full address and post code from HH device]...

Occupier: I do not want to buy anything from you thank you.

Goon (shouting to camera): ...and this lady does not have a TV licence. She is cheating the system...

Occupier: Excuse me!

Goon: ...and she does not have a TV licence.

Occupier: I do not need a licence, okay? What's your name?

[The goon turns to leave the property]

Occupier: What's your name? Identify yourself.

[The occupier follows the goon slightly down the garden path]

Occupier: Is your care insured for this sort of purposes?
As you can see, the video footage is blurry in parts, but it still provides a good description of the rogue goon in question. He is Asian, between 30 and 40 years old, unshaven, wears thick black-framed reading glasses attached to a lanyard and has a gold ring on the second finger of his right hand. During the visit he was wearing a grey flat cap and a black outdoor coat with a white collar shirt underneath.

We are pretty sure, with a 97% confidence factor, that his Capita bosses will recognise that description and we'd like to think they would take him to task for his absymal conduct. We wonder how many other people he has accused of "cheating the system" on the basis of no credible evidence whatsoever. How many of those people have ended up in court on the basis of his uncorroborated opinion?

A TV licence is only needed for those properties where equipment is installed or used to receive TV programmes at the same time they are broadcast to the wider public. Anyone not in the situation does not require a TV licence, and is under no obligation to assist TV Licensing at all.

With scum like this doing TV Licensing's dirty work, we reiterate that the best option is to ignore TV Licensing completely. Tell them nothing and close the door.

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